Grid operator: Texas has enough power supplies for winter, spring
Nov 1 (Reuters) - The electric grid operator for most of Texas said Friday it expects to have sufficient power supplies to serve consumer needs during the upcoming winter and spring.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) said in a release that forecasters expect peak demand this winter to remain below 50,000 megawatts.
ERCOT said the grid will have about 74,000 MW of power resources available during the winter months.
One megawatt can power about 500 homes during mild weather conditions and about 200 homes during high-demand summer months, ERCOT said.
ERCOT said it experienced its winter record demand of 57,265 MW on Feb. 10, 2011. Assuming typical generation outages, ERCOT said it expects to be able to handle that level of demand or higher this winter.
However, it warned there is a slight possibility it may need to take steps to reduce demand if extremely high electric use and power plant outages occur simultaneously during the winter.
For the spring, ERCOT said it does not expect demand to exceed 57,000 MW. The grid expects 73,000 MW of power resources to be available during the spring.
Spring is when generators take many of their plants off line to prepare the units to run through the peak summer air conditioning season, ERCOT said.
As with winter, ERCOT warned it may be forced to reduce system demand in the spring to maintain reliability if summer-like weather conditions occur while a large number of plants remain off line for maintenance in March or April.
The biggest power companies in Ercot include units of privately held Energy Future Holdings, CenterPoint Energy Inc , American Electric Power Co Inc, PNM Resources Inc, NRG Energy Inc and Exelon Corp.
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